Grant Management Lead

About the Africa Public Health Foundation


The Africa Public Health Foundation was established in September 2019 to forge partnerships and mobilize resources for the Africa CDC, to support critical public health activities across the continent.


The Foundation will advance public-private cooperation to strengthen health systems, develop the healthcare workforce, support innovations for public health, and advocate for robust policies, regulations, and partnerships for resource mobilization. The Foundation’s mission and vision are aligned to that of the Africa CDC to support member states to build their capacity to better detect and respond to disease outbreaks and emergencies. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, it has become even more urgent for the Foundation to build a sustainable, scalable organization to increase the public health impact on the continent in the coming years.


The Foundation has a vibrant governing council comprising of seasoned professionals. The Council’s mandate is to provide strategic direction and oversight on all activities as ambassadors of APHF to critical stakeholders and custodians of APHF’s assets.


What You Will Do and How You Will Grow


The Grant-Management Lead will be responsible for developing and enhancing our grant-management models; developing sustainable and effective grant programs while streamlining funding, reporting, and impact. The ideal candidate is passionate about building a great organization and comfortable with a fluid role in a dynamic environment and can reinforce relationships with donors and implementing partners. The Grant Management Lead will ensure the streamlining of grant administration and keeping the Foundation’s fiscal operations sound,  working collaboratively with the Operations and Resource-Mobilization Leads. In the beginning, the Grant-Management Lead will report to the CEO until the Head of Grant Management comes onboard.


As a new organization, staff are empowered to start new programs, institute best practices, and develop traditions that will define their experiences and those of their colleagues in the years to come. Innovation and entrepreneurship are valued and will be essential to the Foundation’s success. In addition to providing training, management-level advice, and mentoring,  staff are supported to learn by positioning them as core members of program teams to drive public health impact.


  • Develop templates/tools for transparent grant-management, e.g., country selection matrix, investment criteria, and partner identification
  • Finalize modalities for working with implementing partners, i.e., tailored grant application, and design and streamline programs with relevant partners
  • Administer implementers, which includes managing all necessary systems, tools, and processes for effective and efficient management of funds
  • Develop monitoring, evaluation, learning (ME&L) tools to track progress and adapt models as needed for maximum impact. This will include developing templates for program reporting
  • Create and manage standardized templates related to information gathering/synthesis, donor reporting, and other purposes
  • Manage grant databases
  • Monitor government regulation and public policy in implementing partners’ countries and advice the Foundation accordingly
  • Define and implement processes and tools for documenting payments and expenditure
  • Manage staff performance under his/her supervision and provide regular feedback to staff
  • Any other tasks as directed by the CEO / Head of Grant Management


Essential qualifications and experience 
  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Business or a relevant field of study
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in developing, monitoring, and managing sub-awards and grants
  • Strong planning and project management skills related to setting and monitoring goals, developing plans and timelines, and measuring success
  • Methodical and strategic thinker, with strong analytical abilities, both quantitative and qualitative
  • Ability to present information in an insightful and structured manner, both written and oral
  • Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team and coach/manage junior team members
  • Professionalism and demonstrated experience working with senior officials in public and/or private sector
  • Demonstrated fluency in English speaking and writing skills, proficiency in other AU official languages is a plus

Desirable qualifications and experience

  • Background in managing Public Health Grants
  • Experience in working with a variety of donors in different sectors, including philanthropy and the private sector
  • Experience managing a donor database or CRM, including gift processing staff, processing systems, and performance reporting
  • Experience of working in different national and regional contexts in Africa




APHF intends to offer a competitive salary and benefits package, which will be commensurate with the experience of the successful candidate.


Join Our Team


This will be a full-time position based in Nairobi. We will consider sponsoring applications for work authorization for exceptional candidates.


As part of our dedication to equal employment opportunity and the diversity of our staff, APHF does not discriminate based on race, colour, national origin, ethnicity, gender, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, or any other basis. We especially encourage applications from women.


Please submit your application to by 20th January 2021. Your application should include a resume and cover letter. Candidates selected for interviews will be invited for interviewing rounds to test their skills and to discuss their interests and experience. Candidates may be asked to come for interviews in-person at the APHF office, particularly in later stages of the interviewing rounds.